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Marriage Equality Begins in Uruguay

Jim Burroway

August 6th, 2013

Rodrigo Borda, 39, and Sergio Miranda, 45, became the first gay couple to show up at a registrar’s office in Uruguay to register their marriage after legislation granting marriage equality passed last April.

“We are celebrating it and sharing it because this law establishes that we all have rights. There are no first and second class citizens,” said Miranda.

The men said they will pick a date for their actual wedding later this month.

They won’t be the first same-sex couple to marry though. Another couple received special permission to jump ahead in line because one of them is at a local hospital dying of cancer:

“It was very emotional,” said Luisa Salaberry, the civil registry worker who officiated at the hospital wedding.

She said that the ceremony was intimate and that the government waived the usual 10 days of bureaucracy because the patient’s cancer was so advanced.

“They had been waiting for the law to take effect so that they could get married,” said Salaberry, who did not identify the couple.



August 6th, 2013 | LINK

Good for Uruguay, I’d love in Punta del Este popping a Champagne cork for them

August 6th, 2013 | LINK

I’d Love to be in Punta del Este popping a cork for them

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